is it good for my son to play computer games anytime as he wants?

Runalie - posted on 06/16/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




t is a third time that my 2 and a half yr old son is still awake. Playing computer games... and now he is waiting for the pancit canton to serve!


Karen - posted on 06/16/2011




i think computer games can be great tools for young children to learn things, but they certainly need limits. in my opinion at that age 1/2 hour a day is plenty to be playing those games. and it's something that they earn, not expect. if you child isn't behaving well, then no game that day - no negotiating. my son is almost two and he loves to play with the computer mouse and make "drawings" while he sits on my lap, but it's not something he gets to do when he wants to, it's something he gets to do when I allow him to.

JuLeah - posted on 06/16/2011




Hummm... no kids have bed times. He does eat all the candy he wants, he doesn't drive the car. He doesn't wear swim clothes in the middle of the winter, and he doesn't play computer games (or do anything) any time he wants.

Your job is to teach him limits, how to set self limits.


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Linda - posted on 08/22/2013




I think, you need to talk to your child face to face,
if it's not enough, you should get cleverer, than him. I don't know,
how old you kid is, but with my 12-year-old I started using a special program,
called Time Boss (, which is cheap and easy,
but I never behaved as a cop, we had a talk, where I told,
I was not going to forbid anything, I just wanted to help him manage his time,
and I never hid anything. I said, that I would let him help me with the settings,
when he is ready to be honest. So we did. Now I've limited the time for games and
social networks, but he still can do his homework, using the computer.
Try Time Boss or any other program of the kind,
but don't lie to the kid and don't be too strict )))))

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He's 2..... That's disturbing.

My 9.5 year olds beg to stay up and play on the computer. I do let them on occasion, but I always set a timer and if they don't get off when the timer beeps..... they are computer banned for at least a day.

Set limits NOW.... or he'll be a complete junkie long before the teen years hit.

Sherri - posted on 06/16/2011




Did you just say your 2 1/2 yr old. Oh hell NO!! Sorry no child IMHO belongs on a computer before school age and even then only for school work.

Wendy - posted on 06/16/2011




i had to reread the age are the parent you are creating a limits mum or you will never get him off the computer

Tara - posted on 06/16/2011




I believe computer and video games have a place in children's lives, but it is definitely something that needs to have limits set.
Right now my girls get to play Reader Rabbit games at the local library while I look for books. When I go to check out, they are done.
Once we have a computer set up for them at home they will be allowed to play for a max of 30 minutes a day. We have also decided that they will not be allowed to have a computer/tv in their rooms.
Now is definitely the time to set boundaries regarding game/tv time. Both my girls (3 and 20 months) know that if Mama and Daddy say that the tv (or computer or game console) goes off, it goes off - we are the parents, we make the rules.
If he is getting up from bed to play the games, then what I would suggest is setting parental controls on the computer - you can set it up so that he cannot access anything after a certain point in the day, limit it for a specific time frame, etc. We did that with my 17 year old niece when she stayed with us, so why wouldn't we do the same thing for our own children?

Raynae - posted on 06/16/2011




I believe with a toddler, everything has to have limits that you set, otherwise he will run all over you. That goes with all ages of children though. In my opinion he is too young to be on computers or video games, my daughter is two and a half and has never been on a computer or such.

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